The Fur Country
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recording of The Fur Country by Jules Verne read by Esther.
In 1859, officers of the Hudson’s Bay Company are given the mission to found a fort at 70 degrees north of the polar circle. At some point, an earthquake occurs, and from then on, laws of physics seem altered (a total eclipse happens to be only partial; tides are not perceived anymore). They eventually realize that they are not where they are supposed to be. (wikipedia)
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August 1, 2011
It Starts out slow
Yes the book does start out slow but I loved how the author 'painted a picture' with his words. I love the scenery of the North Country.
The yarn picks up as the struggles begin. The new Fort doesn't seem to be where it is supposed to be. The tides are not as high as they should be. What on earth is happening here?
A little mystery and romance coupled with adventure makes this my favorite solo thus far. (of course I'm giving myself 5 stars ;) )
July 19, 2011
Not of same mind as other reviewer...
I always thought I was a Jules Verne fan, until I listened to this story... snooze! :-(
I listened to the first half of this story 2x, and it was boring. It talked about the environment more than anything else, animals, etc, and it just never drew me in.
I haven't removed it from my queue, and I'll probably give it another try later just cause it's Verne, but boy did this story put me to sleep. If I have a change of heart I promise to post an update.
The reading was excellent, but the story itself was just boring.
June 4, 2011
Ripping Yarn, Excellent Reading
The Fur Country by Jules Verne is an excellent adventure yarn. A group of soldiers working for the Hudson's Bay Company, accompanied by a few civilians, head toward the 70th parallel to set up a fur station. After a long journey they arrive safely and set up their factory. And then things go wrong. And keep going wrong. It's very exciting, I was on the edge of my seat. Plus it contains strong, competent female characters who hold their own and refuse to be patronised which can be a difficult thing to find in adventure stories of this era.
Esther's reading is wonderful - just the right speed, just the right volume and the subtle character voices fit the story perfectly. A very enjoyable listen. Thank you Esther.